Mat 4:2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
Mat 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
— Gospel of Matthew 4: 2-4
Today, we are going to visit a well known scripture about the temptation of Jesus in the desert. I believe there are many times when we do not see all of the things that are being communicated to us through the Holy Bible. Let’s break down just ONE aspect of what is being said here, because it can take a long time to fully realize all of the lessons that can be learned from this experience of Jesus.
First, let’s get on the same page and start with verse 2 – Jesus has now fasted for 40 days and was hungry. When was the last time you fasted for 1 day? Imagine how you felt then and now see if you can even stretch your imagination to comprehend how 40 days feels. Imagine how it feels not just for your body, but for your mind and soul. You will feel very fragile, discontent, weary, and weak. Many of things that mattered to you probably don’t matter anymore, and for many people, this leads to clouded thinking and a lack of focus. In other words, the perfect time for the devil to snare you.
Which is exactly what happens in verse 3 – the devil swoops in to tempt Jesus.
Since Jesus is obviously extremely hungered, guess what satan tries to tempt Jesus with? “If though be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.” Wow. An immediate end to the fleshly pain is at hand. Imagine getting rid of the fragility, discontent, weariness, and regaining strength. But Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour has shown us exactly where our strength and foundation comes from.
“But he answered and said, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.””
— Matthew 4: 4
Jesus did not obtain his strength from food. His thoughts were not dependent on his own fleshly strength. If it was based on these two things, maybe this story doesn’t turn out with the same ending. But thank the Lord, He rebukes the devil and states that the foundation of life is the Word of God. Since strength comes from the Word of God, our mind therefore, is built on an unbreakable foundation.
No matter what happens to you, EVER, your foundation built on God’s Word is unbreakable, and therefore, you will always prevail over your circumstances.